What do you think of when you think of Christian Brothers fashion? A blue polo and khakis? Cargo pants? No, at CB students manage to express their style while managing to stay in the dress code. They also came back to school in person with trending fits — only fair after a long time away […]
What do you think of when you think of Christian Brothers fashion? A blue polo and khakis? Cargo pants? No, at CB students manage to express their style while managing to stay in the dress code. They also came back to school in person with trending fits — only fair after a long time away from campus due the pandemic that we thought would only be a “two week break”.
CB senior Maddie Flewwelyn’s (‘22) wardrobe has changed since the pandemic. Maddie mentions how her style reflects her upbeat personality. “I wear a lot of bright colors because I’m a bright person. A lot of the stuff I wear is crazy”.
Maddie’s color palette also comes from her hippie style. “I get a lot of inspiration from the ‘60’s and ‘70’s. I look at a lot of images, mostly stars from those eras. A lot of people who dress similar to them but with a more modern aspect to it, like Harry Styles”.
Not only does she have a good sense of style but is also mindful of where she shops and whether she wants certain clothes or not.
“I thrift everything and if I feel like I wanna splurge, I’ll shop locally,” Maddie says. “A lot of stores in Old Sac and Midtown”.
Maddie also uses her style to break gender stereotypes and has found that she is more expressive than when she started at CB. Along with breaking these gender norms, she has become more expressive and confident. She became tired of trying to fit in and trying to please others with what she wore.
“Everyone wears something different,” she says. “There is not only ‘one collective trend’ — there’s a lot”.
Along with expressing her own style that differs from others, she also uses it to, as she says, “owning my femininity”. Now she wears what she wants when she wants and is expressive of herself through her hair, jewelry and pants.
Natalie Baker (‘23) wears more dark tones and coordinates her daily outfits with her emotions. “I get inspiration from my mood and also from others,” she says. “If i see something I like, I’ll find something of similar variation”.
Natalie enjoys thrifting, not only because it better for the environment but also because she enjoys upcycling her clothes. She knows how to sew and hem because of her mom and grandmother, which she considers a definite plus because thrifting can have very oversized clothes.
“It’s cheap, and I find more of what I like when I’m thrifting and more variations,” she says. “All of the clothes there, well like 90 percent of it, is wasted, so it’s better to shop there than brand new”.
She changes the clothes to fit her style and molds it to fit her own.
“I guess I got more comfortable with myself, and I also wear different fitting clothes because I figured out how to dress my body, and I stopped worrying about what people thought of me/what I wore”.
Although the dress code can make it difficult for many Falcons to dress how they’d like, Natalie manages to express herself through her jewelry, hair and shoes. She prefers to wear crystals for her jewelry so she can promote physical, emotional and spiritual healing, which most students/teachers need for the school year.
What lessons can be learned from Maddie and Natalie’s style? Be yourself! Express who you are and don’t try to be someone you’re not. Don’t try to fit into what’s trending now if you don’t want to. If that means making a statement with your style, then do it.